Governors' Bulletins

Read brief reports of our Governors' Meetings here:

May 2019

20th May - There was a meeting of the Resources and Personnel Committee. Governors Rob Baxter, Paul Herbert, Charles Omole, Jo-Anne Hoarty and Phil Coldicott attended.  The school was represented by Paul Tillman, Kate Warren and Jo Macpherson. Claire Kitching was Clerk for the meeting, and Judith Cumino MKC Governor Services attended as an observer.

At the beginning of the meeting, Paul Tillman provided Governors with details of the extensive Careers opportunities available for students through Years 7 to 13, highlighting the work done in conjunction with Develop and the Work Experience placements available in Years 10, 12 and 13. Governors spent some time reviewing the latest position regarding staffing and staff well-being.  Kate Warren updated Governors on the 5 Year Budget 2019-2023, and the Local Authority Audit, and the Governor and School Fund Audit. 

Jo-Anne Hoarty gave an update of the Catholic Primary School Strategy and the current number of admissions for September 2019. Kate Warren gave a verbal report on the Building Report and the latest GDPR legislation.  There were no policies due for review at this meeting.

13th May - There was a meeting of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee. Governors in attendance were Phil Coldicott, Paul Herbert, Anna Fearn, Tola Adesina, Father Francis Higgins and Jo-Anne Hoarty.  The School was also represented by Kiersten Best, Catherine Manley, Graeme Roach and Liz Bennett-Sulsh. Claire Kitching was Clerk for the meeting.  

The Stephenson Trust Report had been received and reviewed by Governors before the meeting. Liz Bennett-Sulsh guided Governors through the Peer Review Programme that St Paul’s was taking an active role in. Catherine Manley provided an Update on the Catholic Nature of the School and the key priorities and actions, including the upcoming Section 48 inspection.  Graeme Roach provided an update on the Disadvantaged Pupil Action Plan and Pupil Premium Review. Jo-Anne Hoarty also presented details of the Progress Check 2 analysis and comparison to PC1. 

Kiersten circulated a report which provided details of the Teaching Review process. Jo-Anne Hoarty gave Governors the latest information with regard to staffing.  The Curriculum Policy and the Newly Qualified Teachers Induction Policy were reviewed and approved.

March 2019

21st March - There was a meeting of the Full Governing Board. Governors Paul Herbert, Charles Omole, Rob Baxter, Anna Fearn, Catherine Healey, Sylvester Mathias, Jo-Anne Hoarty and Phil Coldicott were in attendance. Claire Kitching was Clerk for the meeting.  

There were a series of reports reviewed by Governors from the Head Teacher, Chair of Governors, Child Protection Governor, Governor and individual Committee Chairs and Link Governors on work that had taken place since the last meeting of the Full Governing Board. Jo-Anne Hoarty provided a verbal update on the School Visit by Baroness Natalie Evans, Leader of the House of Lords.

Recruitment and Staffing was discussed, and Jo-Anne Hoarty talked about the recent Interim Monitoring Visit by the Diocese.

Governors reviewed the School Improvement Plan 2019 -20 and the Self Evaluation Form. The new Ofsted proposals/framework were presented by Jo-Anne Hoarty.

Governors noted that no Exit Questionnaires had been received. Claire Kitching presented the Local Authority Agenda Briefing.

Several policies had been reviewed at committee level and were approved for adoption:

  • Admissions Policy and Arrangements 2020
  • Code of Conduct
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Pay Policy for Staff
  • School Improvement Plan
  • School Vision
  • SFVS Assessment Form
  • Equalities and Cohesion Policy
  • Hearing Impaired – MKC Policy 

14th March - There was a meeting of the Resources and Personnel Committee. Governors Rob Baxter, Paul Herbert, Charles Omole, Jo-Anne Hoarty and Sylvester Mathias attended.  The school was represented by Amy Ong, Kate Warren and Jo Macpherson. Claire Kitching was Clerk for the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, Amy Ong provided Governors with details about the training and use of Its Learning across the school. Governors were provided with an up to date report on the school budget, and cashflow.  Governors spent some time reviewing the latest position regarding staffing and staff well-being.  Kate Warren updated Governors on the Major Investment Plan 2018-2023, and the Governor and School Fund Audit. 

Kate Warren gave a verbal report on the Local Authority Audit and the latest GDPR legislation.  The policies that were reviewed and approved were the Disability and Access Policy, and the Governors Payment and Allowance Policy. 

February 2019

11th February - There was a meeting of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee. Governors in attendance were Phil Coldicott, Paul Herbert, Anna Fearn, Tola Adesina, and Jo-Anne Hoarty.  The School was also represented by Graeme Roach. Claire Kitching was Clerk for the meeting.  

Jo-Anne Hoarty circulated the Mock Examination Report, and the PC1a Date and Analysis and these were reviewed and discussed by Governors. Jo-Anne Hoarty gave an update on current Staffing, and Anna Fearn gave feedback on the recent Key Stage 5 Awards Evening. 

Graeme Roach gave an update on the Disadvantaged Pupil Action Plan, and Jo-Anne Hoarty updated Governors on the School Improvement Plan, Teaching Review 1, ASP summary and the new Ofsted Framework.

The Drugs Policy, Teaching and Learning Policy, SEND Policy, Centre-wide Policies for BTEC Programmes and Examination Disability Policy were reviewed, approved and adopted.

January 2019

31st January - There was a meeting of the Resources and Personnel Committee. Governors Rob Baxter, Paul Herbert, Tola Adesina, Phil Coldicott, Conrad Dumbah Charles Omole, Jo-Anne Hoarty and Associate Member Sylvester Mathias attended. The school was represented by Greg Maw, Kate Warren and Jo Macpherson. Jackie Hopgood was Clerk for the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, Governors were presented with, and discussed the Staff, Pupil and Parent Survey Results. The governors were provided with an up to date report on the school budget, and cashflow.  Governors spent some time reviewing the latest position regarding staffing and staff well-being.  Kate Warren updated Governors on the 5 Year Plan and the Revised Budget. Governors were also provided with an updated Major Investments Plan 2018-2022 and the Building Update including the Flood Damage report. 

Several policies had been reviewed, approved and recommended for adoption – CCTV Policy, Charging and Remissions Policy, Finance Manual, Health and Safety Policy, Medical Policy, Mental Health Policy, Maternity Policy, Shared Parental Leave Policy and Probationary Policy. 

15th January - there was a meeting of the Admissions and Safeguarding Committee. Governors Christopher Sayles, Tola Adesina, Rob Baxter, Conrad Dumbah, Phil Coldicott, Jo-Anne Hoarty and Paul Herbert attended and they were joined by  Graeme Roach and Belinda Joyce from the School and Vanessa Patel, MK Council Admissions Officer. Claire Kitching, was Clerk for the meeting.  

At the start of the meeting the allocation of Year 7 places for 2017-18 took place by ballot. This process was approved and overseen by Vanessa Patel from the local authority. After the ballot, Belinda Joyce and Vanessa Patel left the meeting. It was noted that the Pupil Admission Number had been increased to 300 and that there had been an increased uptake from the local Catholic Primary Schools.

The governors were provided with an up to date report on the role of the Chaplaincy Team and they reviewed the Attendance, Exclusions and Behaviour for Learning figures. Governors were also given details of Admissions and Leavers. Graeme Roach presented the Safeguarding and Prevent Report which was reviewed and discussed. The Year 7 Transition plan was submitted and reviewed.

The Admission Policy and Arrangements for September 2020 were reviewed, approved and adopted.

November 2018

29th November - There was a meeting of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee. Governors in attendance were Phil Coldicott, Paul Herbert, Anna Fearn, Catherine Healy and Jo-Anne Hoarty.  The School was also represented by Kiersten Best, Ruth Holmwood and Liz Bennett-Sulsh. Claire Kitching was Clerk for the meeting.  

The Safeguarding Annual Report was reviewed and approved prior to submission to MKC. Liz Sulsh provided an update to Governors on HPA/Teaching and learning methodology. Jo-Anne Hoarty provided Governors with an update on British Values and this would be reviewed at further meetings. 

Governors were provided with a Staffing Update and a report on the Use of Pupil Premium and Catch-Up Funding. Jo-Anne Hoarty also presented details of the Progress Check 1 analysis. 

Fisher Family Trust Targets and Analysis were reviewed and Governors agreed that this was a good approach to target setting. Jo-Anne Hoarty then briefed Governors on the School Improvement Plan 2018-19, and the Review of the Self Evaluation Form, and the Self Evaluation Form RE. The Self Evaluation Form was approved by Governors.

September/October 2018

18th October - There was a meeting of the Full Governing Board. Governors Paul Herbert, Charles Omole, Rob Baxter, Anna Fearn, Tola Adesina, Catherine Healey, Jo-Anne Hoarty and Phil Coldicott were in attendance. Associate Governor Sylvester Mathias was also present and Nancy Masson was Clerk for the meeting.  

Governors confirmed the following appointments and terms of reference of specialist governors: 

  • Child Protection and LAC – Tola Adesina
  • SEND and PP – Anna Fearn
  • Communications – Phil Coldicott
  • Health and Safety – Honest Kagoro
  • Development Governor – Conrad Dumbah
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing – Christopher Sayles
  • Most Able Pupils – Charles Omole
  • RE – Simon Navin 

There were a series of reports reviewed by Governors from the Head Teacher, Chair of Governors, Child Protection Governor, Governor and individual Committee Chairs and Link Governors on work that had taken place since the last meeting of the Full Governing Board.

Public Examination results were circulated and reviewed prior to the meeting. Governors noted that no Exit Questionnaires had been received. Claire Kitching presented the Local Authority Agenda Briefing.

Several policies had been reviewed and committee level and were approved for adoption:

  • Admissions Policy and Arrangements
  • Medical Policy
  • Pay Policy
  • School Improvement Plan
  • School Vision
  • SFVS Assessment Form

11th October - There was a meeting of the Resources and Personnel Committee. Governors Rob Baxter, Paul Herbert, Tola Adesina, Phil Coldicott, Charles Omole, Jo-Anne Hoarty and Associate Member Sylvester Mathias attended.  The school was represented by Kate Warren and Jo Macpherson. Claire Kitching was Clerk for the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, Governors reviewed and approved the Committee Terms of Reference, and the Financial Delegation. During the meeting, the governors were provided with an up to date report on the school budget, and cashflow.  Governors spent some time reviewing the latest position regarding staffing and staff well-being.  Kate Warren updated Governors on the 5 Year Plan and the Revised Budget. Governors were also provided with an updated on the Catholic Primary School Strategy and a report on the summer building works and flood repairs. 

Several policies had been reviewed, approved and recommended for adoption – Complaints Policy, Business Continuity Policy, Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, Safer Recruitment Policy, Restrictive Physical Intervention Policy and Probationary Policy. 

18th September - There was a meeting of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee. Governors in attendance were Phil Coldicott, Paul Herbert, Anna Fearn, Tola Adesina, Simon Navin and Jo-Anne Hoarty.  The School was also represented by Kiersten Best, Ruth Holmwood and Graeme Roach. Claire Kitching was Clerk for the meeting.  

Jo-Anne Hoarty circulated the public examination results and these were reviewed and discussed by Governors. Governors noted the significant gains in Progress 8 with HPA and More Able students. Jo-Anne Hoarty also presented the School Targets and Progress Targets for 2018/19, and details of the Progress Check 4 analysis. 

Graeme Roach gave an update on the Disadvantaged Pupil Action Plan, Kiersten Best provided an update on the Teaching Review process and Jo-Anne Hoarty updated Governors on the Development of the Catholic Nature of the School and the Self Evaluation Form.

The Target Setting Policy, and the SEND Information Report were approved and adopted. 

June/July 2018

19th July - There was a meeting of the Full Governing Board. Governors Paul Herbert, Steve Augustyn, Charles Omole, Rob Baxter, Honest Kagoro, Simon Navin, Tola Adesina, Catherine Healey, Jo-Anne Hoarty and Phil Coldicott were in attendance. Associate Governor Sylvester Mathias was also present and Clare Kitching was Clerk for the meeting.  

There were a series of reports reviewed by Governors from the Head Teacher, Chair of Governors, Child Protection Governor, Governor and individual Committee Chairs and Link Governors on work that had taken place since the last meeting of the Full Governing Board.

Progress Check 3 and the End of Year forecast was presented by Jo-Anne Hoarty and reviewed.The School Improvement Plan for 2018-19 and School Budget 2018-19 were also reviewed and the Term Dates for 2019/20 were approved by Governors.

Elections took place. Paul Herbert was re-appointed as Chair of Governors and Tola Adesina was appointed as Vice Chair. The following appointments were also made:

Chair of Resources and Personnel Committee – Rob Baxter

Chair of Curriculum and Teaching Committee – Anna Fearn

Chair of Pay Review Committee – Rob Baxter

Chair of Admissions and Safeguarding Committee – Simon Navin

Several policies had been reviewed and committee level and were approved for adoption:

  • Capability Policy
  • Code of Conduct
  • Disciplinary Policy
  • Grievance Policy
  • Staff Discipline, Grievance and Capability Policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Planning Policy
  • Governors Committees: Terms of Reference

Governors noted that no Exit Questionnaires had been received. Claire Kitching presented the Local Authority Agenda Briefing.

28th June - There was a meeting of the Resources and Personnel Committee. Governors Paul Herbert, Steve Augustyn, Catherine Healey, Conrad Dumbah, Honest Kagoro, Charles Omole, Jo Hoarty and Associate Member Sylvester Mathias attended.  The school was represented by Kate Warren and Jo Macpherson. Claire Kitching was Clerk for the meeting.

During the meeting, the governors were provided with an up to date report on the school budget, and cashflow.  Governors spent some time reviewing the latest position regarding staffing and staff well-being.  Kate Warren presented the 5 Year Budget 2018-22, and the Revised Budget 2018-19. Governors were also provided with an update on the GDPR and on the Catholic Primary School Strategy. Honest Kagoro presented Governors with the Health and Safety Report. 

Other items discussed during the meeting were the Accident Book Summary and the Keele Survey Summary. Governors reviewed the proposal for Internet provision in the school and Staff Recruitment. 

Several policies had been reviewed, approved and recommended for adoption – Staff Discipline, Grievance and Capability Policy and Data Protection Policy.  

18th June - There was a meeting of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee. Governors in attendance were Phil Coldicott, Paul Herbert, Anna Fearn and Chris Sayles.  The School was also represented by Kiersten Best and Graeme Roach. Claire Kitching was Clerk for the meeting.  

Graeme Roach presented the Disadvantaged Pupil Action Plan and this was reviewed by Governors. Kiersten Best provided an update on Staffing, the latest Teaching Review and the Literacy Action Plan. Progress Check 3 had only just been completed so the review was deferred to the next Full Governing Board.

Governors were also updated on the Development of the Catholic Nature of the School and the Self Evaluation Form. The Newly Qualified Teacher Induction Policy, Literacy across the Curriculum Policy and Able Pupils Policy were all approved.  

May 2018

14th May - There was a meeting of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee. Governors in attendance were Phil Coldicott, Paul Herbert, Christopher Sayles, Anna Fearn and Jo-Anne Hoarty.  The School was also represented by Ruth Holmwood and Kiersten Best. Claire Kitching was Clerk for the meeting. 

Kiersten Best provided an update on the Teaching Review 2 and Governors were pleased to note the improvements and actions implemented. Jo Hoarty presented Governors with staffing and staff well-being. Progress Check 2 report and analysis was discussed and Jo Hoarty shared a review of the Raising Standards Meetings and Departmental Analysis. Jo Hoarty shared details of the Pupil Premium Review that was taking place following the report from the School Improvement Partner. Governors will review the action plan at the next meeting. Policies that were approved and adopted were the Independent Learning Policy, Home School Agreement, Curriculum Policy, Able Pupils Policy and Teaching and Learning Policy (including Monitoring of Quality of Teaching).

10th May - There was a meeting of the Resources and Personnel Committee. Governors Paul Herbert, Steve Augustyn, Phil Coldicott, Jo-Anne Hoarty and Associate Member Sylvester Mathias attended.  The school was represented by Kate Warren and Jo MacPherson. Claire Kitching was Clerk for the meeting. Nick Tedds attended the meeting as an observer.

Governors spent some time reviewing the latest position regarding the school budget, and cashflow. Also discussed was the Profit and Loss report for the Catering and Grounds Maintenance Departments. The report on staffing and staff well-being was presented and discussed. Kate Warren gave a verbal update on the Revenue Opportunities being developed and on the GDPR. Jo Hoarty provided an update on the Catholic Primary School Strategy to increase the proportion of pupils who transfer to St. Paul’s.  Kate Warren discussed the latest Buildings Report and the assessment of the schools Internet provision. Policies reviewed and adopted were the Staffing Policy and Mental Health Policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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